College Football’s Big Weekend

Tonight starts off what is probably the most important weekend, as far as playoff implications go, for college football. This weekend fans of the college game get a very special treat, as the weekend features three matchups between Top Ten teams.
It all starts tonight at 9 p.m. (EST) on ESPN when seventh-ranked Stanford takes on tenth-ranked Washington in a PAC Twelve North showdown. The game has a lot of hype, mainly for the sake that it is yet another chance for people to watch Stanford’s Heisman hopeful Christian McCaffrey play on national television. More than that, the teams are hot, and this game will most likely determine who wins the PAC Twelve North, as the winner will be in the driver seat to play in the conference championship later on in December.
Saturday features two more Top Ten matchups in fourth-ranked Michigan versus eight-ranked Wisconsin, and third-ranked Louisville against fifth-ranked Clemson.
At 3:30 p.m. (EST) on ABC the Wolverines host the Badgers in what will be the Wolverines, and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s, toughest test to date. Right now the Wolverines are experiencing the hype that they’re used to, but saw fizzle away during the tenure of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke. They look to prove that they’re back amongst college footballs elite, and have eyes on the playoffs as well. The Badgers have surprised many this season already, mainly with beating highly touted LSU to open the season. They look to show that they’re the real deal in the BIG Ten as well (which currently has three Top-Ten teams). The good news for both these teams is that they are in separate divisions in the BIG Ten, so a loss for either doesn’t necessarily hurt their chances of making the conference championship and ultimately the college playoff.
Then at 8:00 p.m. (EST), and again on ABC, the Cardinals of Louisville head to “Death Valley” to take on the Clemson Tigers and their reigning national championship runner-up team. This year, the Tigers don’t look as sharp as they did a season ago, even though they still have DeShaun Watson at quarterback and are undefeated. Flip side, Louisville starting quarterback Lamar Jackson appears to have embraced the hype his made for himself this year, and at this point in the season is running away with the Heisman, as the Cardinals have absolutely crushed their opponents thus far and have made it look easy while doing so. Both teams are in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, so whoever wins will definitely have their eyes on the playoffs.
It’s going to be an exciting weekend for college football fans, and we don’t even have to wait until Saturday for it to start. Thank you, schedules and whoever makes them.